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Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you are a rookie or a salty veteran of CRLL, you are bound to have a quick question or two throughout the season. Below are common questions that arise from registration to the post season. There are also links to content on the site that give you more details about some topics.

 

Can't find what you were looking for? No problem. Reach out to your manager or a board member, and we are happy to get information to you as quickly as possible!

Content areas covered below include:

Registration - Teams/Divisions - Tryouts/Assessments - Uniforms/Equipment - Practices - 

Games - Post Season - Managers/Coaches - Board of Directors - Supporting CRLL

 

 

REGISTRATION

1.    Can I register and pay online?

YES! We encourage everyone to register on-line. The process can be started on our Registration Page. Payments and other official league business can be mailed to: CRLL P.O. Box 584, Sloughhouse, CA 95683. 

If you have any questions, you can directly contact our Registrar (contact information is on the Board of Directors page).

 


2.    Can my daughter play in CRLL?

Of course! Girls can play in either our baseball or softball divisions!

 

3. Where do I have to live in order to play with CRLL? 

All boys and girls who live within CRLL boundaries are welcome to play in CRLL. In addition, if the school that your child attends is within the CRLL boundaries, your child is eligible to play in CRLL. Go to our League Boundaries page for more information, or click here to use Little League Finder 

 


4a.    How old do you have to be to play this spring? 

CRLL has a baseball and softball home for kids "league age" 4-14 (see league age below). Although children "league age" 15 and older  are eligible to play in Little League Baseball programs, CRLL does not anticipate having a division of play for 15 – 18 year olds. If you are interested in such a program, contact the respective baseball or softball player agent for additional details.

 

4b.    How is “league age” determined?

Little League International determines the league age for all players. CLICK HERE to go to the official Little League Site age calculator; the tool can be used for both baseball and softball. Be sure that the age provided to you is for the season in which you are interested.

For Softball simply take note of your child's age on December 31 in the year just prior to the season in question. For Baseball, it's a little more complicated, and there are different cut offs for different ages through the 2018 season.

 

5.  Why was the baseball age change made?

Little League International determines "league age" requirements. Little League International decided on the August 31 cut off date (in part) to help align player age group with their academic year peers. The August 31 age cut off also results in "league age" groups becoming "younger" by the 2018 season. Little League chose to start the mandatory implementation with children born in 2006 to help ensure that children have the opportunity to play in the major division for at least one season prior to moving to the Junior or Intermediate level. 

Little League has provided additional clarification and updates regarding the "new age determination." Click on the links below to view these discussions:

Little League Age Cut off Announcement - 2015

Little League International has also confirmed that players born between May and August 2005 WILL be allowed to play in the Major division during the 2018 season. Check out the good news on Little League's Website. Those players will be considered 14 years old for the 2019 season.

 

6.    Will CRLL help families that cannot afford registration fees?

CRLL will work directly with families to ensure that children are not denied entry to our league solely due to financial hardship. Please contact our League Registrar to develop a plan to have your child registered. Any communication with the Registrar on this subject will be held in the strictest of confidence.

 

TEAMS/DIVISIONS

7.    Will my child be on the same team (or division) as last year?

Teams are drafted on an annual basis; there is no “carry over” from season to season for any team or level of play. Children progress through divisions at different rates, so there is no guarantee that they will remain in or advance to a new division from season to season.

 

8.    Can I request a specific manager or “buddy”?  

Manager or “buddy” requests can be made at the time of registration, but ONLY for T-ball,Baseball A, and Softball Farm divisions. There is no guarantee that a request will be honored, though we encourage managers to try and have children play with their friends in our lower divisions. Specific requests may not be feasible given the number of players registered, teams formed, and requests made. 

 

9.    What divisions of play are there in CRLL?

A brief description of our divisions can be found at Division Descriptions. You can also go to our Local Rules page for more detailed rules about each division.

Little League International regulates the ages in which players can advance into specific divisions of play. Click here to read Little Leagues division descriptions.  

BASEBALL: CRLL has most recently offered T-ball, A, AA, AAA, Major, and Junior divisions for baseball. The possibility of having an Intermediate Division (50/70 baseball) is being explored for upcoming seasons.

SOFTBALL: CRLL offers divisions that are similar to those used in other competitive leagues.  The names for CRLL divisions are: T-ball, Farm (similar to 8U), Minor (similar to 10U), Major (similar to 12U), and Junior (similar to 14U)

 

10. How does CRLL determine which divisions to form?

Each year, CRLL monitors the number of players that register in order to determine how many teams and which divisions to establish. The number of children registered and the ages of those children drive which divisions are formed and how many teams are needed in each division.

 

11. Will CRLL have a Baseball Intermediate Division (50/70)?

CRLL is looking into establishing a Baseball Intermediate Division (also known as 50/70) for upcoming seasons. More information will be made available about this opportunity once registration numbers are known. Please contact the player agent if you would like more information about the Intermediate Division and its availability in CRLL.

 

12.    Can I request a division for my child?

After player assessments are completed at tryouts, managers select players onto teams, starting with Junior, then Major, then our Minor divisions.

It is the managers’ discretion for who is selected into each division. If a parent has a preference that their child not “move up” to a higher division of play (i.e., would prefer their child play another year of AAA rather than move up to Major) that MUST BE noted on the registration form. Changes cannot be made after drafts are completed.

Please understand that it may not be possible to honor requests due to the number of players registered and teams per division.

 

TRYOUTS/PLAYER ASSESSMENTS

13. Does my child have to “try out” in order to be on a team?

This depends on the “league age” of your child. Please note that Little League International regulates the ages in which players can advance into specific divisions of play. Go to this link at Little League International for more details.

Detailed information about Tryouts can be found on our Tryout/Assessment page.

  • BASEBALL players League 8 and older must attend one of our tryout dates.
  • BASEBALL players who are League Age 7 must attend a tryout date in order to play in a “kid pitch” division (i.e., AA).
    • If a baseball player League Age 7 does not attend a tryout, he or she will be placed in the A division.
  • BASEBALL players who are League Age 6 or younger do not go to tryouts, and will not play in a kid pitch division.
  • SOFTBALL players League Age 7 and up must attend tryouts.
  • If a Softball player is League Age 6, and they have already played a year of Tball, they can tryout for placement on a Softball Farm team.
  • Softball players League Age 5 and younger will play Tball.
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14. When are tryouts (player assessments)?

Dates vary from year to year, but are typically held in mid to late January. Dates are posted on the League Calendar and Tryout Information page once they have been confirmed.

 

15. Why are tryouts (player assessments) conducted?

The purpose of tryouts is to assess players so that: 1) children are selected into an appropriate level of play, and 2) CRLL can best maintain the safety of all players. We strive to have children with their peers and play among children with similar ability. Managers at each level assess the children and ultimately have discretion for selecting players onto their teams.

 

16.    How are tryouts (player assessments) conducted? 

Children are grouped into “league age” combinations for each tryout date. Each session lasts approximately 90 minutes, but will vary depending on how many children attend a specific date. Managers observe the players in four stations: live hitting (pitched by an adult), fielding fly balls in the outfield (with throw to 2B), fielding ground balls (from SS and throw to 1B), and running bases. Additional information about tryouts can be found on the Tryout Information page when posted.

 

UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT

17.    Equipment: What does the league provide, and what do I need to purchase?

CRLL provides each team with baseballs, bats, helmets, and catcher equipment. Many children prefer to have their own bat, helmet, and equipment bag, but this is not required. Be sure to label all your equipment so that if it is misplaced it can be returned more easily.

Players must provide their own glove and (non-metal) cleats. Boys that play catcher must wear an athletic supporter with cup (provided by the parent).

Bats: A link to the Little League approved bats list is available in the Rules of Play menu. It is your responsibility to ensure that your child’s bat is approved for use by Little League.

NOTE FOR 2018: Bats used in previous seasons will not be allowed for use in 2018. Please take a look at this article form USA Baseball for more information.

 

18.    Uniforms: What does the league provide, and what do I need to purchase?

CRLL provides each child with a jersey, hat, belt, and socks

You are responsible for purchasing (non-metal) cleats and baseball pants separately. Please ask your manager which color pants and belt you should purchase.

 

 

PRACTICES 

19. When do practices start?

Practices start in early February. Your manager will have an initial practice schedule that covers February and early March. After Opening Day, practice schedules will change to accommodate game schedules.

 

20. Where and when are practices held?

There are many factors that influence where and when practices will be held (i.e., field availability, number of teams). Most teams practice on fields used for games, but some practices need to be held on grass areas. Teams are provided with temporary bases. Most locations will have backstops available for use.
  

 

21.    How many practices per week should I expect?

After Opening Day, it is typical for T-ball and A teams to practice once a week. AA, AAA, Major,and Junior teams typically practice twice per week. Occasionally there will be a game scheduled on one of your practice days. It is up to the manager to determine if a make-up practice is scheduled.

 

GAMES

22.    When is Opening Day?

Opening Day is typically the first or second Saturday of March. For the 2018 season Opening Day is planned for March 17, 2018. The timing and activity schedule can vary, though it usually includes a morning parade and ceremony followed by games. To view the games, practices, or other league events, you can go to the Calendar at the top of the main page. 

 

23. How many games per week should I expect, and how long do they typically last?

All divisions play games on Saturday, with an occasional “bye” if there is an odd number of teams in your division.

T-ball teams usually play one game per week (Saturday), with an occasional game during the week.T-ball games last approximately 45 minutes, but no longer than one hour.

Farm (softball), A and AA teams play Saturday with 2-4 weeknight games per month. A games are usually 3-4 innings, but no longer than 90 minutes. AA games are usually 4-6 innings, but no longer than 2 hours.

Minor (softball), Major (softball), AAA and Major teams play Saturday and usually have one game on a weeknight. Games are scheduled for 6 innings, and typically last 2 hours.

Junior teams play Saturday and will usually have one game on a weeknight. Games are scheduled for 7 innings, and typically last 2.5 hours.

 

24.    Where are games played?

All T-ball and Baseball A  games are played on local CRLL fields. Baseball AA, AAA, Major, andJunior games are played on CRLL fields as well as in other communities (i.e., interleague games).

Softball Farm, Minor, Major, and Junior games are also played on CRLL fields as well as in other communities (i.e., interleague games).

For a listing of all District 54 field locations, check out our link to the District 54 field locations.

 

25.    How long is the “regular season”?

T-ball and baseball A teams complete their full season in May, usually prior to Labor Day. 

Baseball AA and AAA teams finish their regular season mid/late May, followed by a local post-season tournament through early June (see “Post Season” section below).

Baseball Major and Junior teams finish their regular season by late May or early June, and may play in a District post season tournament into mid-June (see “Post Season” section below). 

Major (softball) teams may have the opportunity to play in a regular season post-season tournament. Details will be made available once they are known.

 

26.    What if it is raining?

Decisions about closing fields will be made as far in advance as possible. We try to do so at least one hour before the first scheduled game/practice. Once an official decision is made, field status will be updated on the Field Status/Closure page of the official CRLL website. On weekends, CRLL will make two decisions. One in the morning prior to first games, and then again by noon, in case afternoon games can be played.

 

 

POST SEASON

27.    Are there post-season tournaments for the regular season teams?

There is no “post-season” for T-ball,  and divisions. 

There is no official Little League “post-season” for Baseball AA or AAA teams, or Farm and Minor (softball). With enough teams in a division (i.e., 3 or more), CRLL holds an informal “post-season” tournament in early June. Baseball AA teams play each other, Baseball AAA teams play each other. Softball Minor teams play each other, and Softball Farm teams play each other. Each tournament is a round-robin tournament, followed by a championship game for each level.

Teams in the Baseball and Softball Major and Junior divisions have a local post-season tournament, and may qualify for the District 54 Tournament of Champions (TOC) if one is held by the district. TOC is a single elimination tournament that takes place in mid June. This is a District sponsored tournament, and is held at the discretion of the District Administrator. When played, a league within District 54 hosts the TOC; typically lasting between 7 and 10 days. 

 

28.    When do All-Star Tournaments start?

District 54 All-Star tournaments start in June and are completed by mid-July. Subsequent All-Star tournaments (Section, Division, Regionals, and World Series) run through the end of August, depending on how far teams advance. 

 

29.    How many All-Star teams are formed? 

CRLL fields All-Star teams for the following age groups within both Baseball and Softball: 8/10 year olds, 9/11 year olds, 10/12 year olds (Major), and 13-14 year olds (Junior). The age distribution and composition of these teams varies from year to year, and is largely dictated by the number of 10, 11, and 12 year olds in our AAA/Minor and Major Divisions.

 

30. How are players selected onto All-Star teams?

Near the end of the regular season, all managers and official coaches in the AAA/Minor, Major, and Junior divisions are invited to discuss their observations of players in their division. A meeting date is established one month in advance to ensure that managers and coaches can make arrangements to be available.

Managers submit statistics for the meeting, but all present are aware that there will be variations in the way that teams maintain statistics. Therefore, statistics are not the sole or even primary criteria used for player selection. Rather, managers and coaches discuss at length players’ performance, versatility, sportsmanship, and attitude.

After discussing the players, only the manager and one official coach from each team rank their top 20 players from the division. This ensures equal representation by each team in the vote. Rankings are tallied, and analyzed to help ensure that a voter does not artificially inflate or deflate a player’s ranking. If this occurs, that person’s vote (or entire ballot) is discarded.

Once the final rankings are certified, the top 10 players for each age group are assigned to an All-Star team (i.e., Junior, 11/12, 10/11, and 9/10). The manager for each All-Star team then has the discretion to select 1 to 4 more players, but must select from the next 5 available ranked players from their age group.

 

 

MANAGERS AND COACHES

31.    How can I become a Manager?

Managers are selected by the Board of Directors on an annual basis. There is no seniority from year to year. Anyone interested in becoming a manager in CRLL must complete and submit a new Manager Application by December 31 prior to the season of play.  For more information, go to the Managers and Coaches menu.
  

 

32.    How are Managers and Coaches selected?

Manager and coach selection is governed by the CRLL Bylaws. A committee is appointed by the President, which reviews all manager applications. The committee then recommends a slate of managers to the Board of Directors for their approval.

Official team coaches are selected by the manager, but must be approved by the Board of Directors. More information about the manager selection process is listed in the CRLL Bylaws and Manager Application page of this site.

Both managers and coaches must complete a parent volunteer form.  All volunteers working with children must pass a background check, which will be carried out by an outside vendor approved by Little League International. Application forms are found in the Manager/Coach and Parent Volunteer sections of the site.

 

33.    What is the difference between a Manager and a Coach?

We expect that managers and coaches work closely with each other while teaching your children the fundamentals of baseball and good sportsmanship. 

Specific duties of the manager include: making player assessments, drafting a team, selecting official coaches, setting practice schedules, and conducting practices. Managers must understand and ensure that the team adheres to Little League and Local Rules (i.e., pitch counts, modified rules for division). Managers take a lead role in communicating with parents and league officials. Given the number of responsibilities it takes to run a team effectively, managers select and assign parents to assist the team (i.e., team parent, score keeper, pitch counter, and other roles deemed necessary). 

Coaches are responsible for working with the manager to conduct practices and support the manager during games to ensure that players and the team adhere to Little League and Local Rules.

For more information about our standards for managers and coaches, visit the Coaches Menu of this site.

 

34. What if I have an issue with my child’s manager or coach?

First, speak directly with your manager about your concerns. Complaining behind the bleachers does not improve the situation for your child or teammates. 

If you have tried to work with the manager, but continue to have concerns, contact the League President, Vice President, or Division Coordinator for help addressing your concerns. Contact information is found on the Board of Director page of this site.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

35.    How are the members of the Board of Directors selected?

The Board of Directors are nominated and elected at the CRLL Annual Meeting (held on the fourth Wednesday of August). All parents with children registered in CRLL are encouraged to attend this meeting to provide input about the league and vote for board candidates. After votes have been tallied, and Board Members are identified, those individuals nominate and elect a President. Other Board positions are then filled by the remaining Board Members by vote and/or assignment. More information about the Board of Directors, and the positions of the board, can be found in the League By-Laws and Board of Directors pages of this site.

36.    What positions are there on the Board of Directors?

A general description of Board positions can be found on the CRLL Board of Directors Position Description page. A more detailed description of the Board positions is in the CRLL Bylaws

 

SUPPORTING CRLL

37.    Is there a parent volunteer commitment, and what is it?

Yes. We rely on parent and family volunteer time in order to keep registration fees as low as possible, while still maintaining an excellent playing environment. Volunteer requirements are fulfilled by working a certain number of “volunteer shifts” (currently 2 shifts per child in the league; for up to 2 children). Each volunteer shift is typically 3-4 hours. For your convenience, go to our i-volunteer site to sign up for your shifts. For more detailed information about our volunteer program and requirements go to our Parent-Vonteer page.

38. How can I contribute financially to the league, or become a sponsor?

We have generous sponsors that help us keep excellent programs and facilities available to our children. A number of our sponsors contribute a specific skill set, materials, or financial support. Please visit our Sponsors page and patronize our sponsors to let them know you appreciate their support of our kids.

If you would like to become a sponsor, or learn more about our sponsorship program, go to the Sponsor Information page of this site.